M.I.A unveils ‘Matangi’ album cover, hits back at NFL ruling
It’s been a long time coming for fans of M.I.A, but the star has finally revealed the mesmerizing album art for her upcoming release, ‘Matangi.’
The ‘Paper Planes’ singer posted the red and green image to her Tumblr account today, which is set for release on November 5 and will feature the tracks ‘Bad Girls’ and ‘Bring The Noize.’
The big cover art reveal comes just a day after the rapper spoke out about the NFL’s decision to sue her for US$1.5 million following her bird-flipping antics during her performance at the 2012 Super Bowl Halftime Show.
But the ‘Bad Girls’ singer has posted a retort of her own in which she insists there were far more offensive images on show during the performance than her finger flip.
In the YouTube video posted yesterday, M.I.A states: “So the precise moment in question, and you can actually freeze-frame this as many media outlets have. The frame you’re looking at basically has my middle finger in the foreground, and if you find the larger picture where it zooms out is a row of 10-15 cheerleaders, young black females, that Madonna got from a local high school in Indianapolis, and they were all under 16.
“If you look at them, they’re wearing cheerleader outfits, hips thrusted in the air, legs wide open, in this very sexually provocative position. So, now, they’ve scapegoated me into figuring out the goalposts of what is offensive in America. Is my finger offensive, or is the underage black girl with her legs wide open more offensive to the family audience?”
The star goes on to call the lawsuit a “massive waste of time” and a “massive waste of money,” adding: “They want me [to get] on my knees and say, 'Sorry,' so they can slap me on my wrist and basically say it's OK for me to promote being sexually exploited as a female [but not] to display female empowerment through being punk rock.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the rapper’s lawyer has stated that she hopes to settle the case privately.